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Species At-Risk

For the benefit of the plant communities, wild animals, harvesters, farmers, consumers, manufacturers, retailers and practitioners, we offer this list of wild medicinal plants which we feel are currently most sensitive to the impact of human activities. Our intent is to assure the increasing abundance of the medicinal plants which are currently in decline due to expanding popularity and shrinking habitat and range. UpS is not asking for a moratorium on the use of these herbs. Rather, we are initiating programs designed to preserve these important wild medicinal plants.

“At Risk” List

“To Watch” List 

  • Arnica - Arnica spp.
  • Butterfly Weed - Asclepias tuberosa
  • Cascara Sagrada - Frangula purshiana (Rhamnus)
  • Chaparro - Casatela emoryi
  • Elephant Tree - Bursera microphylla
  • Gentian - Gentiana spp.
  • Goldthread - Coptis spp.
  • Kava Kava - Piper methysticum (Hawaii only)
  • Lobelia - Lobelia spp.
  • Maidenhair Fern - Adiantum pendatum
  • Mayapple - Podophyllum peltatum
  • Oregon Grape - Mahonia spp.
  • Partridge Berry - Mitchella repens
  • Pink Root - Spigelia marilandica
  • Pipsissewa - Chimaphila umbellata
  • Ramps - Allium tricoccum (recently added)
  • Spikenard - Aralia racemosa, A. californica
  • Stone Root - Collinsonia canadensis
  • Stream Orchid - Epipactis gigantea
  • Turkey Corn - Dicentra canadensis
  • White Sage - Salvia apiana
  • Wild Indigo - Baptisia tinctoria
  • Yerba Mansa - Anemopsis californica

Adopt an 'At-Risk' Healing Herb

Adopt an 'At-Risk' Healing Herb

What It Means

Adopting an ‘At-Risk’ Healing Herb is your five year commitment to sponsor your adopted herb’s page on UpS’s website. The web page will include your logo, a brief description of your organization, and any relevant information you provide.

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American Ginseng

American Ginseng American Ginseng is an amazing American medicinal plant of great value to rural communities, as a sustainable non-timber resource for both landowners and the National Forest Service, and if managed and protected, ginseng can be a sustainable source of wild

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Black Cohosh

Black CohoshHistorical Background
Black cohosh was one of the many important and distinctive remedies that the pioneers learned about from the Native Americans. Members of all the important medical schools of the nineteenth century, including the allopaths, homeopaths, Eclectics, and physio-medicalists,

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Echinacea

Echinacea
Historical Background Echinacea purpurea has been cultivated as a hardy, showy, perennial garden ornamental since the early 1700’s, in both North America and Europe. It is easily grown from seeds, is drought tolerant, will grow in full sun or partial

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Eyebright

Eyebright Historical Background EyebrightThinking back to my herb walk years ago in the Italian Alps, I reflect on he fact that people had collected wild plants in those ancient collecting grounds for centuries, doing so in a conscientious way that ensured the

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Goldenseal

GoldensealThis plant sponsored by Herb Pharm - http://www.herb-pharm.com/ Historical Background Goldenseal is the rhizome and rootlets of Hydrastis canadensis. In commerce the herb typically ranks as one of the most widely used herbs in the North American market

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Lady Slipper Orchid

Lady Slipper OrchidHistorical Background In 1856 Thoreau wrote, “Everywhere now in dry pitch pine woods stands the red lady’s slipper over the red pine leaves on the forest floor, rejoicing in June. Behold their rich striped red, their drooping sack.” This is

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Osha

Osha Photo credit: Mimi Kamp Historical Background Coming Soon UpS Recommendations: This plant has been adopted by

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Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm Slippery elm is truly one of the most versatile plants in the herbal kingdom. An important “tree of plenty”, it is renowned for its beauty, medicine, and food; it seems to help everything it touches. Its herbal actions are demulcent,

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